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Austin Fit Magazine

Spring 2017  

Position: Editorial Assistant
Student: Rhetoric and Writing Junior

If you are wanting to avoid a repetitive, desk internship, Austin Fit Magazine is for you. At Austin Fit, no day is ever just like the one before. This magazine is constantly changing, with a new issue every month. As an editorial intern, there are always new themes and articles that need to be created. One day you may be pitching article ideas to your editor, and the next you may be helping with a photoshoot on Lake Austin. During my time at Austin Fit I have pitched and researched potential editorial topics, edited my writing as well as others’, assisted with design and production timelines, conducted and transcribed interviews, visited various workout studios in the Austin area, written reviews, and have consistently written 1-3 print and web articles each month.

I remember on first day as an intern I was assigned to write an article on Aquaponics and how they are impacting the city of Austin. I knew nothing about aquaponic systems, much less how they were relevant to the Austin area. In order to create a successful piece, I had to conduct a lot of research before writing this article. This was not my ideal topic, but I learned so much from my first article. My first day taught me that often, there is more than just writing skills needed in order to produce a strong, informative article. Since then, I have been assigned several articles. They have been over a variety of topics and I have learned how to write differently depending on the subject. These articles can be time consuming, but they are enjoyable and rewarding along the way. It feels incredible to produce your own work and knowing it has been read by over 100,000 readers. As an editorial intern, I have gained a lot of knowledge on the writing process and everything that goes into creating a successful piece. You will also strengthen your communication skills. During my time there, I interviewed local business owners, restaurants, doctors, athletes, city council members, the mayor, and I even got to work with Discovery Channel for an interview on an upcoming reality TV show they were promoting. Austin Fit Magazine offers many unique, exciting experiences for their interns.

Although it is fun and exciting, it is important to know going into it that this is a very fast-paced environment. Editorial interns must have strong time management skills and keep with their assignments, stay focused while in the office, and produce quality work that they are proud of within a short amount of time. The deadlines are tight, and you must invest your time to create quality pieces for the magazine. Although this can be intense and challenging at times, it is extremely fulfilling to have your work published. This is a more relaxed environment and most of the people who work here are very kind and welcoming. I am very thankful for my time as an editorial intern at Austin Fit Magazine. 

Fall 2016  

Position: Editor's Intern
Student: Rhetoric & Writing Sophomore

As an editorial intern at Austin Fit Magazine, no day is ever just like the one before. With a new issue every month, there are always different ideas and articles to work on. During my time at Austin Fit Magazine I have researched potential editorial topics, assisted with design and production timelines, conducted and transcribed interviews, and I have consistently written 1-3 print and web articles each month.

On my first day as an intern I was assigned to write an article on Aquaponics and how they are impacting the city of Austin. I hardly even knew what an aquaponics system was. I had to conduct a lot of research before writing my first article. Although it wasn’t exactly my topic of choice, I learned the importance of what goes into writing a strong, informative article. Many of the articles you will write and the interviews you will conduct as an editorial intern require a lot of “behind the scenes” work. It simply isn’t just writing or interviewing. You must devote time to your subject to produce the best work possible. Although they are time consuming, I gained very unique experiences through conducting and transcribing interviews. I interviewed city council members, the mayor, local restaurant and business ovens, and I even got to work with Discovery Channel for an interview on an upcoming reality TV show they were promoting. Interviews can be intimidating, but with the guidance of AFM’s editor and practice, they are doable and very rewarding.

This is a very fast-paced work environment. Interns are expected to keep up with their assignments, stay on task while in the office, and produce quality work within a short amount of time. Although this can be intense at times, it is extremely fulfilling to have your work published and know that you contributed to a magazine that reaches over 100,000 people each month. The people who work here are absolutely wonderful and I am very thankful for my time as an editorial intern at Austin Fit Magazine.


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